Life as a open book

Since last year, I immersed myself in this crazy drawing marathon. My goal in 2012 was to draw one B4 size ( 353mm X 250mm / 13.9 X 9.8 in ) illustration board a day. Obviously, with all the tasks surrounding to keep up with the shop, plus the tattooing itself with the clients and their respective drawing assignments it turned to be a real hard core task. But despite the numbers ( I finished 200 drawings last year ), I somehow never felt a single stress in trying to accomplish the goal. Well, as the numbers say above, I couldn’t finish 365 drawings. But, needles to say I am proud of the amount reached at the end. This is because I simply stopped to count them after a while, and just decided to draw for the simple pleasure of drawing it. And magically the numbers were quite high for my expectations. Not bragging about, as I know more than anything that quality stands above quantity ( when speaking of tattooing itself as well ) but the “marathon” gave me a certain self confidence at the end. That I would be able to draw fast and with precision. Two crucial points when you are making a tattoo drawing for someone. Nobody likes to wait…

I always try to draw themes that I usually do not get requested often, but also; I do go back and forth to themes that are often popular within the tattoo iconography. Such as in this case, is the Hannya.
Personally is a image that attracts me and I myself have this image on my back, chest and few other places in my body. When in my childhood, it was one the first contacts I had with Japanese motifs. I often saw the ferocious mask hanging in someone’s house from time to time. It would fascinate and scare the shit out of me…
Although , this series of 25 drawings were made this year, 2013. If I am not wrong starting on beginning of January. I will start to post them, and the other 200 when I run out of ideas to write a post.




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Carlos aus Tokyo

International player, attitude holder, tattooist of the masses. ロス、リオ, 東京, アムス、アントワープ、リエージュ、ドルトムンド、ケルンと世界を渡り、彫り歩く。タトゥーはその土地土地の空気を表す手段という解釈で今日も胸いっぱい彫ります